Greetings, newcomer! Congrats on taking your place in the great residential churn of Las Vegas. Every day, new arrivals like you braid your interests, ambitions and lifestyles into the larger community.
Following Sheldon Adelson’s surprise $140 million purchase of the Review-Journal, the paper’s editorial staff weighed in on social media; national pundits also had their say. But what about that other set of stakeholders — the angry, libtard-hating, syntax-mauling denizens of the paper’s comment threads? A sampling …
I’m kind of spoiled, having grown up here. Not because I have “connections” (?!) or even an especially deep bench of friends (they all absconded to Portland years ago to live Instagram lives of quaint, curated grit), but because the truth and impact of Southern Nevada doesn’t present itself to me in a bewildering single dimension like I imagine it does for most newcomers.
Heidi Kyser’s Open Topic piece from November, about the bureaucratic horrors of trying to recover her maiden name after getting married, continues to resonate. Particularly with a reader named Michael Farrell Ellsworth, formerly just Michael Farrell — he took his wife’s surname when they were recently married. Why?
Whew. For a while, it didn’t seem as though 2015 would ever end. But now that it has, let’s get 2016 off to a better, funnier start, thanks to this comedian and slinger of comic songs. 8p, $49 and up, hardrockhotel.com